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Program #20900RJ
13 Days | 12 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.

Itinerary for Jan 25 — Feb 6, 2015

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Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, January 25 - Hotel Check-in / Program Registration / Welcome D...
Afternoon: Hotel Check-in: Available from 3:00- 5:00pm.

Program Registration: After you have your room assignment, come over to the Road Scholar desk in the lobby to pick up your arrival packet containing your name tag, the up-to-date schedule, and to confirm the time of the orientation session.

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding.

Dinner: Our dinner at the hotel is a plated, three-course meal with soup or salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage.

Evening: Orientation: The Group Leader will greet you with a warm welcome and introduce everyone. We will review the up-to-date daily schedule and any changes, discuss responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, and answer any questions you may have.

Take the rest of the evening to settle in, relax, and prepare for the full day ahead.

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, January 26 - South Beach Art Deco District / New World Symphon...
Breakfast: Continental Breakfast at the hotel with fruit, coffee and tea.

Morning: Enjoy a leisurely guided walk around the famous South Beach Art Deco District, the first 20th-century neighborhood to be recognized by the National Register of Historic Places with 800 structures of historical significance, most built between 1923 and 1943. Your guide, a historian and preservationist, will point out many of the bright pastel buildings with sleek curves, shiny chrome, and relief ornamentation featuring whimsical flora, fauna, and ocean-liner motifs.

Lunch: Lunch is at Puerto Sagua, a casual Cuban diner where locals gather atop barstools around the breakfast counter. Puerto Sagua is one of a few old classic restaurants left in South Beach.

Afternoon: Enjoy a behind the scenes excursion at Symphony Hall and explore Frank Gehry’s only Florida commission, a cornerstone of artistic activity at the intersection of architecture and music.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is out at a local restaurant.

Evening: After dinner return to the hotel for a lecture on Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad. One of Miami's premier historians, Seth Bramson, will share the greatest railroad story ever told, setting the stage for the next leg of our journey. Henry Flagler became immensely wealthy as a partner with John D. Rockefeller in Standard Oil during the Gilded Age. He visited Florida while seeking a salubrious climate for his ailing wife in the late 1870s and later returned to build and develop resort hotels and railroads along the east coast of the state all the way to Miami. His vision extended even further, to the Keys. The construction of his train line was almost as challenging as the Panama Canal, and the finished product became known as the Overseas Railroad.

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, January 27 - Miami City Orientation / Miami’s Contribution to ...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Biscayne Bay. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a fully-narrated cruise along scenic Biscayne Bay. See Miami's coastal sites including the beautiful downtown Miami skyline, the Port of Miami, Fisher Island, and Miami Beach.

Lunch: Lunch at Books and Books

Afternoon: free time

Dinner: Dinner on your own

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, January 28 - Biscayne Bay Cruise / Henry Flagler and the Overs...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Board our motor coach for a guided drive around Miami. The guide will point out some of the most significant highlights, enlivened by lush vegetation and beautiful flowers this time of the year. Stops include sites in Coconut Grove and Coral Gables before heading back to Miami Beach.

Lunch: Lunch on your own Lincoln Road

Afternoon: After lunch, our expert will discuss Miami Beach's fascinating contribution to WWII from 1942 to 1945. Nearly 500,000 men, including matinee-idol Clark Gable, took over 300 hotels and buildings for housing and training headquarters. By the time the war ended, one-fourth of all Army Air Force officers and one-fifth of the Air Corps' enlisted men had been trained in "the most beautiful boot camp in America'' -- Miami Beach.

Dinner: Dinner near the hotel

Evening: Free Evening. Take this opportunity for personal independent exploration to see and experience more of what Miami Beach has to offer. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Nestled in south beach, the oceanfront South Seas Hotel in Miami Beach is a boutique hideaway in an A-list location. The hotels décor is a mix of style and understatement blending mid-century Miami Beach modernism with an array of contemporary features. Tropical bougainvillea frame a sweeping entranceway and vintage photographs cataloguing Miami’s social history, are featured throughout the building. With the quaint boutique shops of Lincoln Road Mall and Ocean Drive, outdoor café’s, and top notch restaurants, the South Seas places you in the center of it all.

Contact info:
1751 Collins Ave
Miami Beach, FL 33139 USA
phone: 800-345-2678
web: www.southseashotel.com

Room amenities: The rooms offer relaxing seating, a sizable work area, two full long beds, art deco inspired furnishings, 240 thread count duvet covers and linens, flat panel LCD TVs, I-pod docking station, digital clocks, E.O. Pure Essential Oil toiletries, waffle robes, in-room safes, iron & ironing boards, hairdryers, electronic voice mail complimentary wireless high-speed internet access

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Special Rate May Apply
Please contact the South Seas Hotel directly from 9 am - 5 pm EST at 1-800-345-2678 for pre or post program nights. Please tell them you are with the Road Scholar group. Depending on availability a special rate may be available

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, January 29 - Little Havana Walk, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, C...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Little Havana. Led by a local guide, we will walk to see and learn about the history, culture, and people. Many cultures have characteristic games and in Little Havana, it's dominoes. We will begin our guided walk watching the locals play at Maximo Gomez Park/Domino Park. Along the way, we will stop for Cuban coffee and other delights before departing for Vizcaya.

Lunch: Lunch at the Vizcaya Cafe.

Afternoon: Vizcaya Museum and Gardens. One of South Florida's treasures, Vizcaya is a National Historic Landmark. Enjoy a docent-led walk through the home and impressive formal gardens to glimpse an era of Miami that has long since passed. Industrialist James Deering built this luxurious estate as a winter residence in 1916, employing almost a tenth of Miami’s population for its construction.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: Learn more about the Cuban heritage in Miami.

Lodging: South Seas Hotel

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel is 100% non smoking,, outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sundeck, free parking

Contact info:
99701Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037 USA
phone: 305-451-2121
web: www.keylargoresorts.com

Room amenities: Cable TV/ HBO, coffee pot, hair dryer, Refrigerator

Facility amenities: Cable TV HBO In room refrigerators, coffee maker, hair dryer

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Six: Friday, January 30 - Fairchild Tropical Gardens
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Check out of the hotel and board the motorcoach for our transfer to Key Largo.

Fairchild Tropical Gardens. Behind its seemingly natural beauty, Fairfield Tropical Gardens is a carefully designed blend of art and science. We will take a tram ride followed by some free time to wander through the gardens, watch the birds, or just sit and relax.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic at the Fairchild Tropical Gardens.

Afternoon: Reboarding the motorcoach and depart for Key Largo, we will check in to the hotel with some time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: Our dinner buffet at the hotel offers a variety of tasty choices.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Hotel

Description: Hotel is 100% non smoking,, outdoor heated pool, hot tub and sundeck, free parking

Contact info:
99701Overseas Highway
Key Largo, FL 33037 USA
phone: 305-451-2121
web: www.keylargoresorts.com

Room amenities: Cable TV/ HBO, coffee pot, hair dryer, Refrigerator

Facility amenities: Cable TV HBO In room refrigerators, coffee maker, hair dryer

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes


Day Seven: Saturday, January 31 - Henry Flagler and the Overseas Railroad, Part II
Breakfast: You will receive a voucher for the hotel’s breakfast buffet that includes hot and cold items including fresh fruit.

Morning: Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park. Formed of Key Largo limestone, fossilized coral, this land was sold to the Florida East Coast Railroad, which used the stone to build Henry Flagler's Overseas Railroad in the early 1900s. Walk along eight-foot-high quarry walls to see cross sections of the ancient coral and learn about the quarry and its operation.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Spend the afternoon at afternoon at John Pennekamp Coral Reef State Park. At the welcome center, you will have time to explore the amphitheater and browse videos and aquariums. This was the first undersea park created in the U.S. in 1963 It encompasses 178 nautical square miles of coral reefs, seagrass beds, and mangrove swamps.

Enjoy an afternoon glass bottom boat cruise and view the shallow reefs teeming with wildlife.

Dinner: This evening we will eat out at a local restaurant.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: Holiday Inn

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina is one of the premier Key West hotels ideally located in "Old Town" Key West on the waterfront, one block from fabled Duval Street and next to the infamous Mallory Square. The Westin Key West Resort and Marina are committed to being environmentally responsible. They are certified as a Green Lodging Resort by the Florida Department of Environmental protection.

Contact info:
245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-294-4000
web: www.westinkeywestresort.com

Room amenities: 32-inch flat screen TV and iPod docking station Complimentary High Speed Internet Access and a dual-line speakerphone Coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea In-room safe

Facility amenities: 24-Hour Room Service Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access Complimentary Internet Based Printing Service Provided in Business 24-Hour Self Parking for $20 a day. Valet Parking Service for $22 a day. Prices are subject to change. News Stand Gift/Sundry Shop Multilingual Staff Outdoor Heated Pool Whirlpool/Hot Tub Fitness Ceter Marina Diving Center Live Entertainment

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
TBA

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eight: Sunday, February 01 - Dolphins and Turtles
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Dolphin Research Center. Through education, research, and rescue, the Dolphin Research Center promotes peaceful coexistence, cooperation, and communication between marine mammals, humans and the environment. Some of the resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and California sea lions were born here; some came from other facilities or were rescued, rehabilitated, deemed unreleasable back into the wild government and now have a home for life.

Lunch: At a local Key Largo restaurant.

Afternoon: The Turtle Hospital. Housed in a modest building in Marathon, The Turtle Hospital has an important mission: rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing different species of Sea Turtles. We will have a guided exploration of the facilities including the rehabilitation area and a presentation on sea turtles. You may even have an opportunity to feed the permanent residents! After the field trip, we ride on to Key West and check into our hotel with some time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: Our dinner at the hotel is a plated, three-course meal with soup or salad, choice of entrée, dessert, and beverage.

Evening: Orientation to Key West. A briefing in the meeting room sets the stage for our activities here.

Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina is one of the premier Key West hotels ideally located in "Old Town" Key West on the waterfront, one block from fabled Duval Street and next to the infamous Mallory Square. The Westin Key West Resort and Marina are committed to being environmentally responsible. They are certified as a Green Lodging Resort by the Florida Department of Environmental protection.

Contact info:
245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-294-4000
web: www.westinkeywestresort.com

Room amenities: 32-inch flat screen TV and iPod docking station Complimentary High Speed Internet Access and a dual-line speakerphone Coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea In-room safe

Facility amenities: 24-Hour Room Service Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access Complimentary Internet Based Printing Service Provided in Business 24-Hour Self Parking for $20 a day. Valet Parking Service for $22 a day. Prices are subject to change. News Stand Gift/Sundry Shop Multilingual Staff Outdoor Heated Pool Whirlpool/Hot Tub Fitness Ceter Marina Diving Center Live Entertainment

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
TBA

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Nine: Monday, February 02 - Harry Truman Lecture / Key West Museum of Art / C...
Harry Truman Lecture / Key West Museum of Art / Celebrate the Sun at Mallory Square

Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Lecture: Harry Truman and the Little White House. Bob Wolz, our Truman expert, will tell you all about the President’s days in Key West and what came to be known as The Little White House. Florida’s only Presidential site, the Harry S. Truman Little White House was constructed in 1890 as housing for naval officers. Its most important usage was as President Truman’s winter White House from 1946-1952.

Field Trip: Custom House Museum. This living link to Key West’s historic past was built in 1891 to house the island’s customs office, postal service, and district courts. “Old 91” is now the headquarters of the Key West Art and Historical Society that maintains a collection of artifacts and art significant to the Florida Keys. A docent will lead us through this amazing space.

Excursion: Key West By Trolley. During an hour long, narrated trip see why this island that is only four miles long and two miles wide is such a fascinating place.



Lunch: Lunch today is out at a local favorite: Salute! on the Beach

Afternoon: Field Trip and Lecture: Visit the West Martello Tower -- a former Civil War fort and National Historic Site that is now the home of the Key West Garden Club with beautiful grounds. The President of the Key West Garden Club will guide you through the gardens and share the history of the tower.

Dinner: We will dine out at a local restaurant.

Evening: Enjoy a performance

Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina is one of the premier Key West hotels ideally located in "Old Town" Key West on the waterfront, one block from fabled Duval Street and next to the infamous Mallory Square. The Westin Key West Resort and Marina are committed to being environmentally responsible. They are certified as a Green Lodging Resort by the Florida Department of Environmental protection.

Contact info:
245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-294-4000
web: www.westinkeywestresort.com

Room amenities: 32-inch flat screen TV and iPod docking station Complimentary High Speed Internet Access and a dual-line speakerphone Coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea In-room safe

Facility amenities: 24-Hour Room Service Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access Complimentary Internet Based Printing Service Provided in Business 24-Hour Self Parking for $20 a day. Valet Parking Service for $22 a day. Prices are subject to change. News Stand Gift/Sundry Shop Multilingual Staff Outdoor Heated Pool Whirlpool/Hot Tub Fitness Ceter Marina Diving Center Live Entertainment

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
TBA

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Ten: Tuesday, February 03 - Guided Old Town walk / Hemingway House
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: With an expert guide explore the distinctive architecture, courtyard gardens and hidden pathways of Key West's Old Town on foot.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant

Afternoon: Audubon House and Gardens. We will have a guided exploration of the place Audubon lived and worked while in Key West, then the home of one of the town’s founders. In the center of the lot was a garden of native and imported tropical plants Audubon used in his images of local birds. Learn about Audubon’s life and work here as well as the history of the house itself, which was the first restoration project in Key West (1958) and still considered the gem of the island's restoration movement. The home displays 28 first edition Audubon works.Take the rest of the afternoon to enjoy the beach, pool, or sit under a palm tree with a good book.

Dinner: Dinner this evening is on your own to enjoy the cuisine of your choice.

Evening: Free Evening. Continue your personal independent exploration and experience more of what Key West has to offer. Your Group Leader will be happy to offer suggestions.

Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina is one of the premier Key West hotels ideally located in "Old Town" Key West on the waterfront, one block from fabled Duval Street and next to the infamous Mallory Square. The Westin Key West Resort and Marina are committed to being environmentally responsible. They are certified as a Green Lodging Resort by the Florida Department of Environmental protection.

Contact info:
245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-294-4000
web: www.westinkeywestresort.com

Room amenities: 32-inch flat screen TV and iPod docking station Complimentary High Speed Internet Access and a dual-line speakerphone Coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea In-room safe

Facility amenities: 24-Hour Room Service Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access Complimentary Internet Based Printing Service Provided in Business 24-Hour Self Parking for $20 a day. Valet Parking Service for $22 a day. Prices are subject to change. News Stand Gift/Sundry Shop Multilingual Staff Outdoor Heated Pool Whirlpool/Hot Tub Fitness Ceter Marina Diving Center Live Entertainment

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
TBA

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Eleven: Wednesday, February 04 - Treasures and Stories of the Deep / Florida Keys ...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Free time

Lunch: Lunch on your own

Afternoon: Meet and hear from our favorite deep sea diver who will delight you with tales of his many years of fishing and diving in these waters and show his antique bottle collection.

Florida Keys Eco-Discovery Center. Part of the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, the Eco-Discovery Center features more than 6,000 square feet of interactive and dynamic exhibits including a mock-up of Aquarius, the world's only underwater ocean laboratory. Colorful exterior artwork depicts the deep sea, coral reef, and mangrove shoreline. Here we will learn about native plants and animals of the Keys, marine and terrestrial, for increased awareness and appreciation of the need to protect and conserve South Florida’s ecosystem.

Dinner: At the hotel.

Evening: At leisure.

Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Type: Four-Star Hotel

Description: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina is one of the premier Key West hotels ideally located in "Old Town" Key West on the waterfront, one block from fabled Duval Street and next to the infamous Mallory Square. The Westin Key West Resort and Marina are committed to being environmentally responsible. They are certified as a Green Lodging Resort by the Florida Department of Environmental protection.

Contact info:
245 Front Street
Key West, FL 33040 USA
phone: 305-294-4000
web: www.westinkeywestresort.com

Room amenities: 32-inch flat screen TV and iPod docking station Complimentary High Speed Internet Access and a dual-line speakerphone Coffee maker with Starbucks coffee and Tazo Tea In-room safe

Facility amenities: 24-Hour Room Service Complimentary Wireless High Speed Internet Access Complimentary Internet Based Printing Service Provided in Business 24-Hour Self Parking for $20 a day. Valet Parking Service for $22 a day. Prices are subject to change. News Stand Gift/Sundry Shop Multilingual Staff Outdoor Heated Pool Whirlpool/Hot Tub Fitness Ceter Marina Diving Center Live Entertainment

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights after: TBD
TBA

Check out time: 11:00 AM

Day Twelve: Thursday, February 05 - Hemingway House, Harry Truman's Little White Hous...
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Visit the Hemingway House. A docent will lead us through former residence of one of America’s iconic writers, whose personal life was a colorful as any of his characters. Ernest Hemingway first visited Key West in 1928, arriving from Havana. Learn about the lives and times in Key West of Hemingway, his wife Pauline, and the house itself. Personal touches are everywhere throughout the house, from European antiques to trophies and skins that were the legacy of African safaris. It was here that Hemingway produced some of his best known works including “To Have And Have Not” set in Key West. Descendants of his six-toed cat abound.

Lunch: Lunch at the Six-Toed Cat. The name of the restaurant was inspired by denizens of our next destination, the Hemingway House and Museum.

Afternoon: The Little White House. President Truman’s first 19 months were grueling and left him physically exhausted. His doctor ordered a warm vacation and Key West was chosen. The President and Mrs. Truman arrived in November 1946 for a week of relaxation. He fell in love with the climate and small town charm, returning to what became known as the Little White House for 11 presidential working vacations and five post-Presidential trips after leaving office. Truman claimed Key West was his second favorite place on earth -- surpassed only by his hometown, Independence, MO.

Dinner: Enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant with good company and good food.

Evening: Sunset Celebration at Mallory Square Dock. Here, watching the sun go down is a daily ritual. Even more, it’s a festival with arts and crafts exhibitors, street performers, vendors, and a crowd of thousands consisting of locals and visitors alike. People begin gathering about two hours before sunset for this multi-cultural “happening” that embodies the spirit of Key West.

Take the rest of the evening to ramble along with new Road Scholar friends and observe fascinating of the bohemian "people parade" that is unlike anywhere else.

Lodging: The Westin Key West Resort & Marina

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day Thirteen: Friday, February 06 - Return to Miami Beach, Program Concludes
Breakfast: At the hotel.

Morning: Check-out of the hotel in time to be aboard the motorcoach for departure to Miami at 8:30am.

Lunch: You will have a box lunch to take with you on the bus.

Afternoon: Drop-off at Miami International Airport is estimated to be by approximately 12:30pm (depending on traffic), concluding the program.

We advise booking onward flights or other travel plans for no earlier than 3:00pm.

We hope you have enjoyed this Road Scholar learning adventure and look forward to having you on other programs in the future. Please stay in touch and share your memories, pictures, and comments via the Road Scholar Social Network. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch



Free Time Opportunities


Miami Beach, Florida
Bass Museum of ArtThe exhibitions at the Bass present art in dynamic conversations spanning time, history and cultures. Their collection of Antiquities, Renaissance and Baroque art anchors exhibitions, educational programs and scholarship, exploring the connections between their historical collections and contemporary art.
For additional information, visit: http://www.bassmuseum.org/
The History Miami MuseumAccredited by the American Association of Museums (AAM) in 1979, The History Miami Museum is one of the largest private, regional history museums in the state. It offers exhibitions that appeal to a wide audience interested in the South Florida and the Caribbean community, while at the same time engaging residents and tourists alike.
For additional information, visit: www.historymiami.org/
Key West
Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State ParkDesignated a National Historic Landmark in 1973, Florida's southernmost state park is popular for recreation, as well as U.S. military history. The fort was one of a series built in the mid-1800s to defend the nation's southeastern coastline. Completed in 1866, Fort Zachary Taylor played important roles in the Civil War and Spanish-American War. Guided tours of the fort are available daily.
For additional information, visit: http://www.floridastateparks.org/forttaylor/
Key West Butterfly & Nature ConservatoryWalk through a magical and inviting environment filled with hundred of the most beautiful winged creatures in nature. During your breathtaking journey you will experience an impressive collection of flowering plants, colorful birds, cascading waterfalls and trees that set the stage for the "flowers of the sky." Witness a variety of some 50 to 60 butterfly species from around the world, along with over 20 exotic bird species, all under a climate- controlled, glass enclosed habitat.
For additional information, visit: http://www.keywestbutterfly.com/
U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime MuseumU.S. COAST GUARD CUTTER INGHAM (WPG-35) Maritime Museum & National Historic Landmark is both a military history museum and a National Memorial to Guardians Killed in Action In World War II and Vietnam. With over 50 years of service around the work, USCGC INGHAM is a quintessential portrait of Coast Guard history from 1936 to 1988.
For additional information, visit: http://www.uscgcingham.org/

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12 nights of accommodations
32 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 10 dinners
10 Expert-led lectures
21 Field trips
1 Performances

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